Inspectorate 'gathering more info' on romaine lettuce alert

Inspectorate 'gathering more info' on romaine lettuce alert

The Public Health Agency of Canada has advised Canadians to not consume romaine lettuce products. Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored.

If contaminated food products are identified in Canada, they will take the necessary steps to protect the public, including recalling the product as required.

Statement from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs on E. Coli Infections linked to Romaine Lettuce.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reported that 18 people have been infected with the same strain of E coli in Ontario and Quebec. Six individuals have been hospitalized after becoming sick.

The outbreak also stretches into the US where it has affected 32 people in 11 states.

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In Canada, 18 people sickened with the same DNA fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria as the US patients are from two Canadian provinces: Ontario and Quebec. One suffered from hemolytic-uremic syndrome, a severe complication that can result from an E. coli infection.

This time officials were able to issue an alert earlier and specifically warn against romaine because of information collected through interviews with people who got sick, said Laura Gieraltowski of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

'Do not eat any romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts, chopped, organic and salad mixes with romaine until we learn more, ' the agency said on Tuesday afternoon.

There are no deaths reported in connection to this outbreak, but one person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. All of our lettuces, salad mixes and herbs, including Romaine, are grown, harvested and packed daily in controlled greenhouses in NY and Chicago.

The OPH continue to investigate this latest case.

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Members of the Retail Council of Canada represent 97 per cent of the retail trade in the country.

"As soon as I heard on the news yesterday, I threw everything in the trash that had romaine lettuce - salads, romaine itself", said Mike Fisayo, manager of Chicago's South Loop Market.

McLinton said his members value food safety.

Several foods have been recalled recently due to some sort of contamination.

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